|[August 07, 2014]
I.U.E.C. Local 1 Union President Expresses Regret for Preventable Elevator Death
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
A man fell to his death in an open elevator shaft in Queens on Wednesday
afternoon. The man was moving a mini-fridge when he fell from the fourth
story onto the top of the elevator located at least one story below.
"This death and all elevator fatalities are tragic and preventable,"
explained The International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1
President/Business Manager Lenny Legotte. "Over 30 states require
training standards for elevator mechanics; New York is one of a minority
of states that does not. As a leader in industry education and training,
the I.U.E.C. Local 1 strongly supports state required education,
training and licensing of elevator mechanics. Proposed legislation could
have helped prevent this and other accidents."
Videos explaining the legislation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSVuaOPiuws
The building, located at 41-90 Frame Place, was built in 1928 and is six
stories high with 41 apartments. This building has been cited for 11
"This event was predictable, obvious and preventable. Until the state
requires elevator mechanics to be licensed, people will continue to be
injured and killed," said New York Elevator Accident Lawyer Steven
Schwartzapfel, an attorney who represents workers of I.U.E.C. No. 1.
About The Elevator Constructors Union No. 1 New
York (I.U.E.C. No. 1) and New Jersey
The Elevator Constructors Union No. 1 New York (I.U.E.C. No. 1) and New
Jersey is the local chapter of the International Union of Elevator
Constructors which represents over 25,000 members. More information is
available at http://www.localoneiuec.com
About Steven Schwartzapfel
Schwartzapfel is the founding Member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers
P.C., one of the most prominent and well respected Plaintiff's personal
injury law firms in New York.
Steven has been a member, director, and officer and Past President-elect
of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and currently serves as
a Director Emeritus. Steven served as the first President of the
Alliance for Consumer Rights, and is also a founding member, Director
and First Vice-President Officer of the New York State Academy of Trial
Lawyers. He has served on the Judicial Screening Committees for the
Supreme Court, Appellate Division and New York Court of Appeals, in
addition to serving on the Committee on Professional Discipline.
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt because of someone else's
fault or negligence, please contact the New York lawyers of
Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. Call us at 516.806.6393 or fill out our
online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!
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